At Church on the Rise, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not something that only happens on Sunday mornings. It’s something that happens every day of the week and in all parts of the local community. The long arm of God’s love reaching out from this church is even felt as far away as Africa with the planting of more than 3,000 new churches!
Church on the Rise is a Non-Denominational place of worship, located in Westlake, Ohio. It has really become an essential part of the community since it was launched in 1993.The church’s outreach ministries have helped many people who might otherwise have been forgotten by society. This includes those in poverty who struggle just to find their next meal and those who struggle with homelessness or who have been displaced by a natural disaster. Even those serving prison sentences are not forgotten by the church. One example of its outreach is its Prison Christmas Eve Outreach that has provided Christmas gifts for more than 10 straight years. Close to 1,000 prisoners received unexpected gifts this past Christmas, and prayers that are hand-delivered from more than 30 men from the church year after year!
Church on the Rise is also doing its part to fight the epidemic of drug abuse in America – in particular the alarming rise in heroin addiction. In conjunction with Beyond the Walls Church, Church on the Rise hosted a very special “Greater than Heroin” service to address the issue in November, 2017.
This emotional evening of awareness-raising was attended by members of the community and featured talks by themayors of 4 local municipalities – Westlake, Bay Village, Rocky River, and North Ridgeville. It was also an opportunity to raise funds for Creation House, a faith-based drug rehab house for women that is located on the grounds of Beyond the Walls in Elyria, Ohio. The facility is currently undergoing needed renovations.
Others who spoke included Tim Huey, who has lost five family members to drug addiction; Dr. Bobby Singh, an ER doctor who recounted what it’s like to fight the opioid battle first hand day in and day out; and Pastor Paul Grodell, the founder of Creation House.
The goalfor this evening, in addition to raising funds, was that the service would offer hope to those who are struggling with heroin addiction and comfort and support to the loved ones of those affected.While we understand the suffering of the addict as they battle the disease of addiction, we sometimes forget just how profoundly this issue can hurt family members and other loved ones.
Church on the Rise’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Paul Endrei, says that it is important that people of faith do their part to fight addiction and help people to get the support they need so they can live happy and productive lives.This is a further indication of how the church is committed to making the local community better and people’s lives more rewarding.
Just two months before this event, Church on the Rise was coming to the aid of those who desperately needed help because of a totally different kind of crisis. Thousands were forced to leave their homes in Texas as a result of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. In conjunction with more than 50 Cleveland-area churches, Church on the Rise co-ordinated the collection of donated food, baby formula, bottled water, cleaning supplies, and even board games for the flood victims. The donations were taken by truck from Ohio to Texas and distributed through churches there.
Whenever there are people suffering in the community, and Church on the Rise is in a position to help in any way, it does. This is a testament to the caring and dedicated leadership within the church as well as the love freely given by those who attend services on a regular basis.
While Church on the Rise is doing all of these things to bring hope and God’s love to people who desperately need both, it also has great things to offer to those who attend weekly services at the church.
When Dr. Paul and Sr. Pastor Patti Endrei founded Church on the Rise, services were held in a house in Avon Lake in front of just a few dozen people. Over the years, the congregation grew and a new 750-seat church was built on 18.8 acres of land that the church had acquired. A second expansion took place in 2005 with a 24,000-square-foot Youth Center!
Services are held at the church each Sunday morning at 9:30 and 11 and on Wednesday nights at 7. If you have children, don’t worry because we have age-based ministries for them that go on during the services. From very young infants up to teenagers, the church specializes in Children’s and Youth Ministry that is engaging and informative. Kids are given the opportunity to learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ and have fun at the same time! All activities are appropriate for the age of the child.
The kids’ programs are conducted in a completely safe and secure environment with all of those who staff the programs being thoroughly interviewed and trained. All staff must also go through in-depth background checks.
There are a variety of different ministries within the church that address different aspects of our Christian faith. There are Connect Groups that bring people together who are facing similar life issues and similar interests. There are different groups throughout the week, so there is sure to be one to suit you. Among the connect groups focusing on spiritual growth are: the Moms Group (for mothers of children up to 5 years old); Walking Through the Word; Lifeline of Hope; Worship Seekers; and RAY (Relationships and You); Men’s Ministry, and the Business Leaders’ Circle of Champions Group, just to name a few. Teens and even kids have their own Small Groups to be able to discuss and grow in their faith.
There are also both Men’s and Women’s Prison Ministries and a Meals Ministry that provides meals to those in need. These are just some of the groups that meet regularly.
Church on the Rise is located at 3550 Crocker Road in Westlake, Ohio. To get there from I-90, take the Westlake/Crocker Road exit and go south one mile. From I-480, take the Crocker Road exit and head north for two miles. The church is located directly across the street from UH/St. John Medical Center.